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Doug Phanstiel  Assistant Professor

Cell Biology & Physiology  |  Thurston Arthritis Research Center  |  Genetics and Molecular Biology  |  douglas_phanstiel@med.unc.edu

We employ advanced genomic techniques, genome editing methods, and bioinformatic analyses to study the mechanisms of long-range gene regulation and the role of 3D chromatin architecture in cellular development and function.


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Kamisha Woolery  Research Specialist

Ph.D. University of South Florida  |  B.S. University of South Florida  |  kwoolery@email.unc.edu

I am developing new CRIPSR/Cas9-based protocols for rapid and efficient editing of multiple cell types and applying these methods to probe the mechanisms of DNA looping and gene rgeulation during cellular differentiation.


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Katie Metz  Graduate Student

Genetics and Molecular Biology  |  B.S. University of Maryland  |  ksmetz@email.unc.edu

I'm a second year GMB student and member of the BCB Certificate Program. I study changes in chromatin looping, gene expression, histone modifications and protein binding as resting macrophages activate into a pro-inflammatory state, in the hopes of understanding how these events work together on a genome-wide level to change cell states.


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Erika Deoudes  Graphic Designer

Website  |  ed@erikadudes.com

I create illustrations and figures to communicate the lab's interests and results with maximum clarity. I am also designing graphics for kinase visualization software.


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Nicole Arruda  BBSP Rotation Student

B.S. Bridgewater State University  |  narruda@email.unc.edu

I am a first-year graduate student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program. My rotation project employs genomics and genome editing to dissect the role of Activator Protein 1 (AP-1) in gene regulation during macrophage development.


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Ivan Jimenez Ruiz  BBSP Rotation Student

B.S. University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras  |  ijimenez@email.unc.edu

I am a first-year graduate student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and am developing interactive web-based software to predict and visualize protein kinase activity in human cells.

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